ShockTillYouDrop.com this week attended the New York Junket for Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and had a chance to talk with actors Benjamin Walker and Anthony Mackie, who play Abraham Lincoln and his childhood friend Willie Johnson, whose fight with racism has such a lasting impact on the future President, as well as Bekmambetov, author/screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith and producer Tim Burton. Rufus Sewell and Dominic Cooper play two vampires on different sides of the battle in which Lincoln gets caught up in, while Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays his wife Mary Todd Lincoln.
Yahoo! UK & Ireland has released what they are calling a “music trailer” for Twentieth Century Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter featuring Linkin Park and clips from the June 22 release.
The Timur Bekmambetov-directed film stars Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson, Robin McLeavy, Alan Tudyk and Rufus Sewell. In the movie written by Seth Grahame-Smith, and based on his book, President Lincoln’s mother is killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.
While Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is coming to theaters on Friday, thanks to the likes of director Timur (Wanted) Bekmambetov and producer Tim Burton, his earlier mash-up novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies still seems to be in development hell in terms of getting made after going through a number of directors including David O. Russell and Craig (Fright Night) Gillespie.
At the junket for “Abe Lincoln,” ShockTillYouDrop.com asked the author/screenwriter if there’s any progress on that long-in-development movie and whether or not we may see his other period horror novel on the screen any time soon.
Roughly 24 years ago, a young director named Tim Burton made a significant mark with his second feature film, the dark comedy Beetlejuice, which also put actor Michael Keaton firmly on the map while winning an Oscar for its special make-up FX.
A few months back, it was reported that Dark Shadows screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith was working on the screenplay for a sequel and at the junket for Timur Bekmambetov’s adaptation of Grahame-Smith’s novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, producer Tim Burton spoke to ShockTillYouDrop.com about the prospects for a sequel to Beetlejuice, which he claims to be one of his favorite characters.
After the jump, you can find three clips from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, opening June 22nd, which were provided to us by Twentieth Century Fox. One of the clips – an action-packed train escape sequence – ran here on Shock earlier this week, but just in case you missed it, we’re re-running it. The other clips include a deadly waltz and Abe’s training.
Director by Timur Bekmambetov and based on the novel of the same name, the film explores the secret life of our greatest president, and the untold history that shaped our nation. As a young boy, Abraham Lincoln witnesses the shocking death of his mother, leading him on a path to an ongoing war – and ultimately to the presidency – he chronicles in a hidden diary. The journal reveals the incredible story of a clandestine warrior who never stopped fighting for the country he led and the people he loved.
Shock Till You Drop was lucky enough to visit the set of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter last year and we can finally share the details with you. We hit the set in New Orleans where we got to watch some filming, chat with the cast and crew and get a tiny peek at the vampires. Director Timur Bekmambetov really strove for historical accuracy from his crew. He wanted this rooted in reality. If you recall, the first image released wasn’t from an action scene. It was a speech from the president.
Producer Jim Lemly said,
Legendary Pictures is developing a new film called The Great Wall – something we presumed was a historical epic about the Great Wall of China. And why not presume that? Ed Zwick is directing, after all. He gave us The Last Samurai, Courage Under Fire and Glory.
He’s also set Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, pictured) and Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) to star.
So, what’s the film doing on Shock? Well, in a Deadline report about the film’s shooting schedule, it was revealed the plot concerns two British soldiers who come across the building of the wall – which was not to keep the Mongols out but, when night falls, to keep out something “inhuman and more dangerous.”
Ah, so we have an element of something supernatural afoot.
In conjunction with the release of Timur Bekmambetov’s latest film, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Bazelevs and Aspen Comics present, Director’s Cut: The Art of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Now available for pre-order and conceived by Bekmambetov, this deluxe edition utilizes never-before-seen storyboards, as well as exquisite pieces of production art and conceptual designs to journey deep into the mythology of the film, telling the tale of Abraham Lincoln as seen through the eyes of “Adam,” an ancient and powerful vampire who rules the American South.
You can order it up right here. Check out a trailer for the book within which features some of the art. Also be sure to head to THIS SPOT where Shock is exclusively hosting a motion comic book tied in with the film.
In a summer awash in superheroes, Twentieth Century Fox is introducing movie-going audiences to the original superhero – Abraham Lincoln. Yes, we’re talking about the former President of the United States…who also doubled as a vampire ass-kicker. His story is being told in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which is opening in theaters on June 22nd, directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted).
In anticipation of the film’s release, Shock Till You Drop is exclusively hosting a motion comic book that delves into America’s history and its vampire menace. The art features storyboards from the film.
HEAD TO THIS SPOT TO START READING (and stick around for an exclusive clip!) – and stay tuned for more installments.
Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson, Robin McLeavy, Alan Tudyk and Rufus Sewell star in the film.
Two TV spots for Twentieth Century Fox’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter have hit and can be watched back to back in the video after the jump!
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, the June 22 release stars Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson, Robin McLeavy, Alan Tudyk and Rufus Sewell. In the film, President Lincoln’s mother is killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.
20th Century Fox celebrates Memorial Day Weekend in patriotic fashion with the launch of the newest Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter trailer! To coincide with the trailer launch, the studio has also announced that it will be screening the film for thousands of sailors aboard the Navy aircraft carrier, USS Abraham Lincoln.
A new red band trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has hit the web. The film is hitting theaters on June 22nd.
Adapted by Seth Grahame-Smith from his own novel, the supernatural thriller stars Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson, Robin McLeavy, Alan Tudyk and Rufus Sewell.
In Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, President Lincoln’s mother is killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.
Opening in theaters today: Dark Shadows, directed by Tim Burton. On writing duties is Seth Grahame-Smith, not necessarily a newcomer to the genre, but a writer making his feature debut with this adaptation of the supernatural soap opera.
Shock first met Grahame-Smith when his book, How to Survive a Horror Movie, hit shelves. We later crossed paths during the interview sessions for His Name Was Jason, the Friday the 13th documentary (which Grahame-Smith is all over talking about his love for the franchise). His real success took off with the Jane Austen mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which launched not just a novel but a movie deal.
This summer, audiences get a one-two punch from him with Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, an adaptation of his novel, produced by Tim Burton opening June 22nd. So, yes, we’ll be hearing much more about the writer in the coming months. For now, we spoke to him about all things Burton/Johnny Depp. Head inside for our chat about bringing Dark Shadows to the screen.
Writer Seth Grahame-Smith provided Shock Till You Drop with an update on his upcoming projects while promoting Dark Shadows this afternoon. He broke it down real easy, filling us in on the priority projects that await his attention.
Surprisingly, Beetlejuice 2 is not something he’s jumping on right away. The other day, Tim Burton told us he’s waiting on the writer’s take on the sequel. But it appears Grahame-Smith has some other things he needs to tackle first.
“Everyone is waiting for me to get my ass in gear,” Grahame-Smith said. “I just finished a script called Night of the Living, and I’m giving it to Tim this weekend. And I’m moving now into adapting Unholy Night, which I have to deliver to Warner Bros. I’ve got to do this, then I’m going around the world for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, so I’ll be writing Unholy Night on the plane and in hotel rooms.”
When we last reported on Night of the Living, I speculated that the plot could be a unique twist on Night of the Living Dead, except that the humans were a threat to the zombies and not vice versa.
Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov is no stranger to vampires and the supernatural, having first gotten acclaim here in the States for his Russian blockbusters Night Watch and Day Watch. After directing Universal’s action hit Wanted a few years back, Bekmambetov is back this summer with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, and going by the title alone, this is clearly not the typical, traditional vampire movie anyone has come to expect over the last few years.
In fact, it’s a movie that takes the actual history of our 16th President and extrapolates that a lot of the pivotal moments in his life could have involved an ongoing battle with the vampires that killed his mother. When you take that idea and cross it with Bekmambetov’s penchant for crazy, kinetic action and also the movie being in 3D, you certainly have potential for a vampire movie like no other.
Empire has premiered the official UK one-sheet for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, opening here in the U.S. on June 22nd and in the UK on August 3rd.
The poster takes its inspiration from the film’s epic “flaming train” battle that we’ve seen so much of in the previews. Is it me, or does star Benjamin Walker look like he could be a spawn of Liam Neeson?
The film explores the secret life of our greatest president, and the untold history that shaped our nation. As a young boy, Abraham Lincoln witnesses the shocking death of his mother, leading him on a path to an ongoing war – and ultimately to the presidency – he chronicles in a hidden diary. The journal reveals the incredible story of a clandestine warrior who never stopped fighting for the country he led and the people he loved. Timur Bekmambetov directs…
Head inside for a larger look at the poster.